Spiderman was on Key Biscayne Tuesday, but he wasn’t the only crime fighter donning a costume this Halloween. There were several police officers and even Secret Service agents, who came complete with shades, sharp suits, and earpieces.
Key Biscayne’s real officers, who nodded in approval with some of the law enforcement costumes, staffed a tent on the Village Green, slapping lighted bracelets from a cache of 4,000 on those who would seek a lollipop.
No one complained, which is kind of unusual for Key Biscayne.
Police did close a portion of Glenridge Road, which became a kind of supernatural block party. Angels on scooters crossed paths with Frankenstein, many ghosts, and a woman who identified herself as Dorothy from Kansas. She did not have a dog, but said maybe next year.
Several sightings of Inter Miami star Lionel Messi, a one-time Key Biscayne resident, were reported. He apparently had entered a time machine and exited about 20 years younger, but was not available for comment.
Messi, the Secret Service agents, and the ghosts were among thousands of Halloween celebrants, young and old, who clogged Village streets toting bags of candy and posing for pictures.
As night started to fall, a burger and fries, apparent escapees from a Wendys, trudged across the Village Green.
Are you hot? — a reporter asked.
“We are so hot!” said the burger, agreeing with the fries. But then, they cheerfully ambled across the field where hopefully, they would encounter another Halloween celebrant dressed as a can of Coke.
Tony Winton is the editor-in-chief of the Key Biscayne Independent and president of Miami Fourth Estate, Inc. He worked previously at The Associated Press for three decades winning multiple Edward R. Murrow awards. He was president of the News Media Guild, a journalism union, for 10 years. Born in Chicago, he is a graduate of Columbia University. His interests are photography and technology, sailing, cooking, and science fiction.